Binghamton University: Crime slightly down on campus

By Nicky Hickling

March 21, 2014 Updated Mar 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton University Council said crime hasn’t gone up despite a growing population of students.

"The university enrollment continues to grow as does the physical facility of the university, yet our overall crime we have 21 additional calls this year. Statistically level. That to me is a success," Binghamton University Police Chief, Timothy Faughnan said.

The BU council discussed crime rates and safety concerns at a meeting Friday morning.

Crimes like disorderly conduct and criminal mischief are down this year from last. However, more than 150 arrests were made and more than 500 cases were sent to the student conduct department.

The University's police department said it prides itself on having a strong presence on campus.

"If they see or hear about a problem, possibly students are having some sort of conflict while they're in the residence halls, they'll intervene early before it escalates," Chief Faughnan said.

Campus Police don't wear the traditional uniform in order to not appear intimidating to students.